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Dollars spent in the D are likely to be re-spent here: an estimated $68 out of every $100 versus just $43 from that same hundo dropped at a national chain. With indie retailers popping up all around town, spreading -- and keeping -- wealth inside the city limits is getting easier and easier.

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Ne'Gyle Beaman runs the shop Bleu Bowtique, a seller of custom ties

The newest pop-up space in Midtown helps entrepreneurs test their businesses, together

The Cass Collective provides space to six retailers on a rotating basis so entrepreneurs have the opportunity to test their business without the upfront investment of a permanent shop.

Rouhani Foulkes and Kiki Louya at The Farmer's Hand

Detroit and Ann Arbor work together to spread all-local grocery model

A grocery store selling exclusively local products in Ann Arbor is only two years old, but it's already directly inspired a similar business in Corktown.

Cherry Capital Foods

Food hubs are the future of Michigan's food economy

They help bring together farmers and consumers, make it easier to eat healthy food, in addition to a host of other benefits. 

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Detroit style: How some of Detroit's fashion-makers define their city's aesthetic

With the opening of several international-brand retail stores and news of the redevelopment of the Hudson's site, Detroit's fashion scene is once again in the spotlight. But as Muna Danish discovered, brands are much less important than style in Detroit. 

David Alade, left, and Steven Harris, right, on the steps of a building newly purchased by Harris

A new beginning for the North End

The North End has seen terrible times, as residents and community members attest. But thanks to the efforts of developers, artists, and others with a vision, the narrative is shifting. 
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Stories from the new economy: D2D business connect

By helping large Detroit institutions and corporations purchase goods and services within the city of Detroit, D2D is creating an environment where all Detroit-based businesses can thrive.

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Stories from the new economy: NEIdeas, rewarding ideas for business growth

Last week, the New Economy Initiative launched NEIdeas, a challenge that will award $500,000 in prizes to existing businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park.
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